New Year’s Resolutions: How to Follow Through

Yes folks, it is indeed that time of year again. Co-workers chit chat about how they are going to completely transform. Family members press wondering what you are doing next to become a better person. Often times people feel discouraged at this time of year; how many times do I have to swear I’m going to give up Gluten before I realize I can’t do it? However, rather than feel discouraged, we should take our past resolutions, and learn from them. Why didn’t I succeed last year? What can I do better?

I do not wish to be in the group of those discouraged and let down. The Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions last year were successful in achieving their goals. This may sound bleak, but in reality this is far better than the mere 4% of those that refuse to make resolutions.

As a result, no matter how discouraged you feel, this is not the year to be a naysayer. Join the camp of hopefuls, still making resolutions and fighting to be a part of the 46%. To give you an extra hand, here are tips on how to make your resolution a reality.

Keep your resolutions simple.

Often times people see New Year’s resolutions as a time to change their entire lives. If your goals are too large, it will be way more difficult to stay focused. The best approach is to stay focused on one or two of your most important goals.

Choose carefully.

What resolutions should you focus on? Stick with the one which will have the biggest impact on your overall wellness (whether that be mental or physical).

Plan and set schedules.

Setting a time-frame can make sure that you stay on track and keep yourself going. If you tell yourself you are going to lose weight, you can put this off for months. However if you tell yourself that you will lose 10 pounds by February, then you will have to buckle down.

Don’t give up!

This one may seem obvious. It may also seem like it’s easier said than done. However, we have to remember that slip-ups are inevitable. Do not lose hope! Do not let yourself make up excuses to give up, you are better than that!

With these tips in mind, you are in the best possible place for self-improvement. Remember to keep it simple, but to work hard. Don’t lose hope, we are all on our own journeys of self improvement.